Essay about John F. Kennedy 's Inaugural Speech

1612 Words Mar 9th, 2015 7 Pages
From the day John F. Kennedy stood up in front of all American citizens as the 35th president of the United States on the 20th of January, 1961, he has been well known by not only American citizens but also by people all over the world. In the time period a while after the World War II (1939-1945), although there was no actual battle taking place in America, America was at war. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States was increasing in intensity, embroiling the whole world. It divided not only the world into two powers but it also exposed the world’s citizens, to use Kennedy’s words, to the “hour of maximum danger” of freedom. This issue and its dealings were the major concern for Kennedy, the new president to be, as well as for all American citizens. In 1961, he was elected by a small majority as the youngest and the first Roman Catholic president ever in American history.
In his inaugural speech addressed in January 1961, Kennedy expresses his commitment and sincerity to defend liberty and human rights, and calls all Americans and the world to unite and fight together against the “common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself (para. 22).” With this purpose, he skillfully uses rhetorical tools such as antithesis and chiasmus to connect to Americans and to the world, unite them and encourage them to join this global fight over their freedom. The response of American citizens to his appeal was large and became a great momentum to support…

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